In the past it has been the Westinghouse Bulldogs and the Allderdice Dragons battling for the City League titles, with the ’House appearing in the last 18, but this year Obama moved ahead of both in the regular season with an impressive 8-2 league record. But when it came to the playoffs it was once again the Dragons, 6-4 regular season, looking for a 3-peat, and the Bulldogs, 7-3 regular season, looking to end their three year drought in their 19th straight championship game appearance. The ’House won easily 54-42.
Leading Westinghouse were Myers, Jackson, Tiarra Gordon (Third Team) and Lashay Stinson (Third Team). Their strength once again was defense, holding their opponents to just 389 points which was the lowest in the city, with Obama being a close second at 396. But they were the only winning team who scored under 500 points, with just 464 points compared to Obama 550, Carrick 605 and Allderdice 632.
Even though Allderdice and Carrick were the top offensive teams in the city, their defenses allowed 487 and 546 points which were only topped by the two losing teams, Perry 2-8 and Brashear 0-10.
Carrick was the surprise team in the city moving from last to a tie for second which led to coaches selecting Coach Robert Tennant as Co-Coach of the Year with Phyllis Jones from Westinghouse. The top players from Carrick were: Littlejohn, Keisey Brooks,Third Team, and Sierra Williams, Third Team.
Obama was probably the deepest team in the city with all five starters making the All-City Team. Youngblood on the First, Samone Rainey and Temisha Gibson on the Second; Alex Bowens on the Third and Kennedy Bowens an Honorable Mention.
Perry had two: Lateshia Fortson, Second; and Asia Sims, Third, with Brashear only having one. J. Cunningham an Honorable Mention. Their best player from last year, Samone Rainey transferred to Obama.
Allderdice had a great collection of athletic players last season as they went undefeated in League play, but this year, even though talented, they didn’t have a lot of height. Led by their two stars Fordham, and Abernathy they had a great offense, and solid support in Maria DiDonato and Breanna D. Garcia, but their defense suffered.
Only Westinghouse had a winning record outside of the City, they were 17-10 overall and 10-7 outside the city.
The honor of Coach of the Year was a tie between Coach Robert Tennant who led Carrick from 3-11 last season to an impressive 7-3 this season. He tied with Phyllis Jones who once again led her team to a winning season and second place in the City, and the City Championships in the playoffs. She is without a doubt the greatest coach in Girls City League history, and one of the greatest to step on the court.
Congratulations to all 20 players who made the team this year, and the two coaches.